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Back on track

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Gosh I’ve been away from here for ages – two months – I hadn’t realised it had been so long.

Life has been busy – when isn’t it? Nothing drastic or particularly new, same old same old, teenagers, elderly mother, work, trying and failing to get fitter, do more sport, achieve elusive balance in my life. I am making time for me though. Whenever I can.

After a particularly stressful, and frankly very annoying, week at work I decided that today was for me. I ran in the morning with the running ladies. It wasn’t great. Too fat, unfit and full of beta blockers for that, but at least I went. I tried. It can only get better! Since then I’ve been reading and rag-rugging.

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There is something incredibly satisfying and relaxing about making a rag rug. I’m sure it has to do with my never-ending urge to simplify and use up everything I have. I really love the rugs I make. I couldn’t buy something similar and they are just so incredibly practical. This one is heading from the space on the wooden floor where I get out of bed….

The fabric situation is rather out of control again and a rag rug is a perfect destash method. 15 yards of ugly fabric that would otherwise never be used. I still can’t see the slightest difference in the fabric cupboard. That’s always the way, isn’t it? Once I’m done I should probably have a little bit of a sort out and tidy up and see if someone the piles of fabric that are sitting around my sewing room might just fit in.

Which would be really very satisfying.

I will try not to leave it so long the next time. I have some things I really want to show you. I’ve been busy!

Have a nice weekend,



12 Responses to “Back on track”

  1. Elaine Says:

    You and I are kind of on the same schedule with regards to blogging. I’ve been away from my blog as well.

    I see you have a Twining Loom for your rag rugs. Can you tell me what size it is and where you got it? I dallied with the idea of getting one of these looms last spring. I even began collecting old sheets to use – as I am not a quilter and don’t have a supply of material. I checked various Twining Loom vendors on line. I researched a lot. I never got around to purchasing one but I still have my sheets so maybe … if I can find a reasonably priced loom and one that is a decent size.

    Your rug looks great.

  2. Carol Wilkie Says:

    How do you make your rugs? I too have way too much fabric even though I have cleared out all of the old stuff that I will never use. Thanks

  3. Edith Says:

    Looks like a nice big one. How do you make a rag rug? (I could probably look it up but…would rather comment). Any special tools required?

  4. stacey Says:

    the rug is beautiful! i have a loom like that but have yet to take the time to set it up.

  5. Kathleen Tritschler Says:

    I know how to weave the rug, yours is beautiful. What size is it, and did you make the frame. Thank you, Kathy

  6. Leanne Says:

    I’m glad you are good and working on the balance. It seems to be a perpetual work in progress for me. The rug is lovely, my great grandmother used to make them and they were always lovely to have about.

  7. Swissrose Says:

    What cheery colours for gloomy autumn weather 🙂 And a great stashbuster, too!
    I have tidied and the WIPs loom… so head down and get on with it, I suppose ;o

  8. mary wolf Says:

    I have tried for six months to find the book you previously referenced in order to make the rug loom. None of the libraries in the kansas city area have that book. The K C libraries even tried to borrow it for me from outside libraries, to no avail.
    Can you help me locate this book?
    Thank you

  9. Julie B. Says:

    It’s so nice to take a day like you described, isn’t it? Those kinds of times are so restoring in many ways.

    I hope the people at your place of employment know what kind of an employee they have in you Helen!

    If we lived closer, I would force you to teach me how to make rugs like this one, as I can tell I would love it. So beautiful.

    Sat just last night enveloped in my beautiful quilt. xoxoxo

  10. Lush Says:

    Rug as always is beautiful! Glad to hear you are doing OK.

    Love Lush x

  11. PennyL Says:

    What a lovely surprise to click on your blog and find a post! I often think of you and have been wondering how everything was going. I think the rug is beautiful. Penny L in Dorset xx

  12. Diane stanley Says:

    Well there’s another great stash buster. I remember the rug you made a few years ago. Both are so lovely and practical. What length do you cut your strips? I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. I hope things are good for you. Hugs from California.